Here's what you need to know about the 2020 Year of Culture

Qatar is collaborating with France for cultural events

Here's what you need to know about the 2020 Year of Culture

You might want to grab a latte and a croissant and sit down because we’ve just learned France has been selected as the collaborating country for the 2020 Year of Culture. The news is “tres bien,” indeed, and there’s an exciting line-up of incredible events.

This initiative by Qatar Museums is designed to deepen the understanding between nations and their people through a series of cultural exchanges. The Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture will include exhibitions, festivals and events in both countries.

Starting this month, the Palais de Tokyo will host a major contemporary art exhibition titled Our world is Burning, co-produced and co-curated by the contemporary art centre and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition features works by artists from Qatar and the Gulf region. Other events that will also happen in France include screenings of works from the Doha Film Institute at the Cannes International Film Festival and the Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, and the presentation of Qatar Culture Week in October 2020 at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.

But if you’re not planning a trip to France just yet, that’s absolutely fine. There’s lots going on in Doha, too. In March 2020, Katara Drama Theatre will host the Paris Cultural Magnet Extraordinaire concert in partnership with Qatar Music Academy.

The Fire Station Garage Gallery will showcase an outstanding exhibition Picasso’s Studios. Dozens of works by Pablo Picasso, on exceptional loan from the Musée National Picasso in Paris, will bring the public imaginatively into the spaces where this great 20th-century artist achieved his creative breakthroughs. The Fire Station cinema will screen Parade, a film based on the 1917 ballet imagined by Sergei Diaguilev and the Ballets Russes with music by Eric Satie, argument by Jean Cocteau and decors and costumes by Pablo Picasso. Additionally, Mathaf will host an exhibition by Yto Barrada.

Here’s a little something for the foodies. IDAM by Alain Ducasse will host a culinary event and exhibition Goût de France in April. The chefs will recreate ancient recipes inspired by famous French chefs and the masterpieces of the Museum of Islamic Arts’ collection. A series of French gastronomy books will also be displayed at the library.

Later in the year, the National Museum of Qatar’s temporary exhibition gallery will host an exhibition curated by the renowned French art historian Catherine Grenier on the subject of Paris as a whirlwind of innovation in modern art, and Qatar Museums’ Gallery Al Riwaq will showcase works by the acclaimed contemporary French artist Philippe Parreno. The French National Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Katara European Jazz Festival with 15 musicians on stage.

Looks like 2020 is going to be a packed year. We’ll see you at all the events. Au revoir.

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